Monday, April 14, 2008

Granny Squared

Hi Knitters,
How cute are these? On Saturday I was browsing around on the internet, looking at knitting stuff of course, when I came across this. I can't believe it's true but I have never actually made a granny square before. I became suddenly obsessed with producing these adorable little squares. I crocheted the last couple days away and made it through one last snowfall (hopefully). I have always loved the vintage look of a good granny square.
I love the size, the colors, the simplicity and just the overall cuteness factor of a granny square. The tutorial on the purlbee is exceptional including step-by-step photographs. I memorized the pattern after completing one square. You only use the chain, double crochet and slip stitches to make this version. It couldn't get any more basic than that.
This site is phenomenal for inspiration, tutorials, free patterns, etc. I try to get on there often to see any updates. If you get a chance spend some time going through the right sidebar. There is no doubt you will find something that will strike your fancy. I am just a big fan of Purl in general. I love the store in NYC, the online shop, Joelle Hoverson and her sister, Jennifer, the books, the fabrics and accessories, the list goes on and on. There is such an understated feel of quality and natural beauty associated with everything they do at Purl. I order from them frequently and they have fantastic customer service to boot.
Back to the crochet at hand, I used a size H crochet hook and Tahki Cotton Classic in an assortment of colors. The color range of this yarn is hard to beat. It is funny because my daughter at one point took my odds and ends of Cotton Classic and organized it all by color. She put variations on a color theme in separate baggies. What I have been doing is pulling out the baggies she sorted and using her color groupings to create the squares. This has been pretty joyful all around. The squares are fun to make and I think of her while I look at the colors. I guess a blanket may eventually come of these squares. Granny squares may be my new mindless project for the time being.
Want to join me?
best, susie

11 comments:

Betz White said...

yummy, I love granny squares. I have been stalking afghans on etsy and ebay looking for just the right one. It never occurred to me that I could MAKE one. Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial link!

Dana said...

Love the colors, but lack the skills. I seriously need to embrace the hook and learn to crochet!

peaknits said...

The squares are too sweet! And how neat that your daughter had a hand in making the color combos for you! Thank you for the link - I really mean to mdo more crocheting - what a fun way to take it up!

mardi said...

Fabulous - I have been wanting to try granny squares and just organized my cotton classic too! p.s. love your hat book - I have made almost half of them -- fabulous gifts

adventure knitter said...

Man, I wish I had the yarn stash that you do! It seems like you ALWAYS have what you need for a project! I learned how to crochet as a little girl and loved making granny squares...in fact I made my dad an afgan that was just one giant granny square!

Wool Winder said...

One summer, when I was about 11 years old, my mother taught me how to make granny squares. That was so long ago though, I've forgotten how. I filled a shoe box with colorful squares, but never made anything from them. I wonder what happened to those squares?

Anonymous said...

Susie,
As always, your color combinations are like wonderful treats for the eyes! I used to love to crochet granny squares. I wonder if I still remember how....
Happy Spring, Ramona

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

Truly lovely colour combinations. They are addicting.

Lisa
Knitty, Vintage and Rosy

Mee mOe said...

Now thats something I think I could do...Granny squares !!!

Kelly said...

I concur there IS just something about a granny square!
Fabulous!

Tif said...

I had the yummiest blanket with these squares my grandma made me when I was a kid. Wonder what my mom did with it?... Thanks for the fun memory!
---Tif